Read This If You Are On eBay – Do NOT Ignore!

If you do not have an eBay account, you can ignore this post.

I was monitoring Google News site when this news splashed on.  eBay confirmed a sophisticated attack on their network which led to the compromise of private information of their customers, including usernames and passwords.

ebay-password-hackedIt is a recognized security best practice to use distinct passwords for different online services. (Watch out for our next post on best practices for password protection.) 

Unfortunately, as we all know, most users find it hard to keep track of separate credentials and tend to re-use the identical passwords, usernames, and emails for various online services.

If you are still using the same login credentials as you previously used for your eBay account, please change those passwords as soon as possible. Whatever the reason of your delay, if you have not yet done so, you should change your password as soon as possible.

It was even the headline of some major news outlet when eBay confirmed the incident.

In fact, I also received an email from eBay regarding the incident and requiring all users to change their password right away.

Here’s the content of the email: Continue reading…


Make Money On FaceBook – Paid $2M Already Since 2011

That’s right, you can make money on FaceBook alone. No, you don’t need to sell anything and no, you don’t need to create your own sales page either.

  • No product selling.
  • No need to tell your friends to Like on anything.
  • No sharing, just tell Facebook.

This is directly under FaceBook and some of it’s websites they have acquired like Instagram.

One user or researcher from Brazil was paid by Facebook an award of $33,500!

Last year, 2013, Facebook paid out $1.5 Million in total.

How Can You Make Money? Continue reading…


Password Protect Your File and Folder

My first thesis way back in college was called Password Protect Folder. This was during Windows 95 era, when Windows OS was just starting to become popular. At that time, there was no way to password protect a folder ( and hey, I also made one to hide folders but they are easy to unhide) or at least I can’t find a better solution for me then. My professor in one of my computer science subject loved and approved my thesis. Unfortunately, I was not able to finish it due to time constraints and  my choose of programming tool then was not capable to deliver my needs.

The only reason why I wanted to password protect a folder or directory and the files within was to keep my programming source codes from prying eyes. There were so much competitive in our school back then so I’m doing my best for other not to hack my files.

I’m sure the reason why you are here on my site is to find the same solution – to protect your sensitive data.

And I’ve got the perfect solution for you. No, I didn’t develop it but it’s the same software which I wanted for my thesis.

The software I’m talking about is called Continue reading…


Google Desktop Search .cf1 and .ht1 Files

My laptop’s 500Gb hard disk is almost full to the brim. Looking at the screen image which I captured, you will notice the hard disk partitions are all in red already. It simply means I have 10% or less space capacity for each.

laptop hard disk red bar

What are .cf1 and .ht1 files?

These are Google Desktop Search index files. This is where GDS is keeping the keywords of all your files, either your mails, web history, chats, images and all other files in your PC or desktop including files that were deleted already.

How big are .cf1 and .ht1 files? Continue reading…


iTunes University with Free Books and Courses

My wife lends me her iPad for indefinite time. The reason? She got her new iPad mini last Christmas. It was a gift from her brother.

I actually can’t find any use of the iPad because I’m already satisfied with my Samsung Galaxy S4. Until I decided to check on some applications that runs exclusively on iOS.

Have you ever wanted to learn a specific subject like Programming, Creative Writing, or even Acting? This impressive application can help you with all those things, without destroying your bank account.

If you are looking for cheaper textbook alternatives, then iTunes U is exactly what you’ve been searching for. Continue reading…


Skype Free Calls and Text To Philippine Users

I just received an email early this morning from Skype giving free call and text voucher to the users in the Philippines. Citing impact of typhoon Haiyan or locally named Yolanda, Skype gives free vouchers that is equivalent to a 60-minute call or text messages using Skype.

I’m not sure if the voucher is transferable, if it is please let me know if you need one and I’ll give mine.

Below is the email I received. I deleted the voucher code. Continue reading…


Getting a Better Deal on My Broadband and Home Phone Services

Almost everybody loves a mobile phone even when it comes to internet connection. No doubt. However, for a small home business specially a local phone service is still a requirement. Your clients and neighbors still prefer to call a land line instead of using their mobile phone except if it’s an emergency, I guess.

I’ve been using our current our broadband for the five years already in my small home office. With a good number of players in the market now with better offerings , it is sometimes tempting to look for another provider that can provide  a  much faster speed on a much lower fees. So I told my wife that I decided to look for one. I don’t mind using my current  provider as long as they will give me a better deal than what I have right now.

True enough, when I called my current provider I was informed that I’m automatically qualified on their loyalty program since I’ve been their customer for five years. They gave me an 8Mpbs with static IP and of course the free router modem to go with the package. I was only requesting for a 5Mbps connection but they told me they can install an 8Mbps since I’m on their business list instead of on their residential list. My landline was also upgraded so I can call  mobile phones within their network for free and another 200 minutes for other network.

After talking about all the features of their new packages, my sales agent offered me a brand new LED television for a cheap price.

I usually get easily turn-off when someone offers me something on the phone. Frankly, I hate cold calls from sales agent. I told my agent right away that I’m not interested with her offer. She kept on insisting the offer so to end the “sales talk”,  I told her to give me the brand name and model number of the television she’s offering and will just call her later.

At first, I thought they she was  just up selling me something but when I’d checked online and visiting some stores around our area, I’ve found out theirs is the lowest price tv deals you can find! I took the bait after few days. I called my agent and told her that I will get the television as well. My wife was so excited to get this brand new LED television. It’s actually a SmartTV wherein you can use it also for your internet.  Now I can watch my favorite news provider CNN while surfing the internet too! This is cool, right?

I didn’t get only a whopping 8Mbps internet connection and free mobile phone calls, but I also made my wife happy. Oh, I haven’t mentioned it’s my wife birthday last October 25 and she got her gift on time!


Delphi XE5 – True Native App Development for Android, iOS, Windows and OS X!

If you are looking for one IDE programming tool to develop a  true native native app development for Android, iOS, Windows and OS X then look no further because Delphi XE5  is here already!

There’s no doubt mobile computing is changing everything. If you are a programmer, there’s no doubt also that developing apps for mobile is the IN now! As in now! Not tomorrow. This is where the money is!

I did tried my hands in developing some Android apps using Eclipse but I find  it a little bit slow specially when compiling my apps.

I am currently using Delphi XE2 but there’s no support for Android on it yet.  So when the news came out that it is now possible to develop Android apps on the new Delphi XE5, I quickly registered myself for the exclusive preview of the upcoming RAD Studio XE5 and Delphi XE5 Android and iOS mobile development technology.

And since we our company is about to convert our existing Windows applications to web based and into a native app, the launching of Delphi XE5 is just perfect.

I attended the webinar last Thursday. They showed the latest features in RAD Studio XE5 and Delphi XE5. Some of the features mentioned are:

  1. Delphi Android ARM compiler for device and emulator
  2. FM platform for creating native Android applications for Gingerbread (2.3.3 – 2.3.7), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3, 4.0.4) and Jelly Bean (4.1.x, 4.2.x, 4.3.x)
  3. iOS 7 SDK support and style
  4. Time Picker control for Android, iOS, Windows and OS X
  5. Notification Center component for Android and iOS
  6. Built-in search filtering for TListView on Android, iOS, Windows and OS X
  7. Swipe to delete on Android and iOS
  8. Share sheet support on Android and iOS
  9. FM Platform performance optimizations
  10. Delphi RTL for Android
  11. and more…

If you want to watch the webinar replay, you can watch the On-Demand Webinar by filling-up the FORM HERE.





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And guess what? From July 25 to July 2013, you can download this great software for FREE (valued at  $99.95 )!

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Just visit the iSkysoft Data Recovery for Mac giveaway page on Facebook to download and get your registration code.


iPad Not Charging From PC and Laptop

ipad charger om usb laptop

Here’s are just some of the complaints I heard from my friends who are iPad fanatics.

“My iPad won’t charge using my laptop’s USB”.

“iPad is showing “Not Charging” when using the USB cord”.

Sounds familiar?

Do you have problem in charging your iPad using your laptop, PC or any USB ports?

Well, I do!

I left my iPad’s wall charger in our house and when the battery of my iPad goes down to 10%, I quickly asked my office mates if they brought their wall charger or else I won’t be able to finish my DragonVale game 🙂 . I was disappointed when they all shouted “NO”.

Luckily for me, one of our reliable network admin staff brought the USB cord (only), without the wall charger itself. I told myself that I’m still  lucky (or so I thought) because I can just plug-in the USB cord in any USB ports of my laptop and it will work. Boom!!! The reality hit me hard. None of the USB ports of my laptop works! Not even the USB ports of any other PCs in our office.

Panic sets in. How can I finish my DragonVale Game without my Ipad’s power? I saw one of our boss using a USB wall charger. Unfortunately, I can’t just simply borrow it because he’s using it to power his MP3 players (and he’s currently enjoying “his” music).

I’m in total despair! I browsed the internet if there’s any solution to the USB power problem of iPad. What I’ve found were mostly complaints and more complaints!

However, my search for the solution ended successfully. I’ve found a very intelligent and should I say smart way to charge  not only your iPad but including iPhone/iPod too! It can even charge your Apple devices up to 50% faster! Continue reading…